The Carolina Hurricanes didn’t trade their first-round pick to help their defense, but they did with their second-rounder.
Sekera has flown under the radar in Buffalo, but is a strong defensive player. He’s also mobile, can move the puck and can play over 20 minutes a night. The Slovakia native figures to fit in the Canes’ top four.
Last season, Sekera scored 12 points in 37 games. His career total is 29 points in 76 games.
But scoring won’t be the 27-year-old’s main prerogative with the Canes. He’ll be relied on to steady the defense and help anchor a pairing with an offensive-defenseman like Joni Pitkanen or Justin Faulk.
Hurricanes’ fans should have seen McBain’s departure coming. There were multiple rumors around the trade deadline that GM Jim Rutherford was attempting to trade him, it just took time to find the right player coming back.
Sekera is also in a great contract, only earning $2.75 million for the next two seasons. McBain will make $1.8 million next season, but only for that season.
The only thing that isn’t great about this trade for the Canes is that the second-round pick may be too much of a bonus to include, but even if the Hurricanes had used that pick on a defenseman, it would have taken a few years for that player to develop.
Maybe it was better for the Hurricanes to acquire a defenseman that will help the team now and for years to come.